Nintendo New Super Mario Bros

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As it was the one thing that defined a video gaming genre, there have been countless remakes of the Mario games in the last decade and a half. But of the dozens that came after the original Mario was released in the 90’s, there was never one that provided the same level of adventure as the classic version. Hence, the release of the New Super Mario Bros this year (2006) is an important milestone in the history of video gaming.

In this latest release, gamers are transported back into familiar territory --- the side scrolling adventure game where turtles, mushrooms, traps and other creatures abound; the jumps, double jumps and butt drops; and the customary (and much needed) power ups. Like the classic Mario game, there are eight different worlds to this new Mario land. Also, players are once again tasked to rescue the princess (Princess Peach) from Bowser and Bowser Jr.

Gameplay

In the 2006 incarnation, a few moves have been added to make the game more current. For instance, Mario is now able to go back to the other levels and is able to complete collecting items he may have missed. He can also simply cure himself when injured, just by tapping for a flower. Those familiar with the oldest version will have quite an adventure in this one since there are new things to discover --- like hidden things or unlocking new locations (as opposed to just stumbling upon it), and the coins you have collected are now used to “pay” and unlock some of these. There is even a multiplayer option, a chance for you to go an adventure and compete against another player.

Graphics

The game does not deviate too much from how the original version looked. In fact, old school Mario gamers may feel that there is not much improvement graphics-wise. It has the same 2D environment, in spite the subtle additions and changes. In a sense, the fact that it is recognizable is encouraging.

The colors and hues are a tad brighter this time and the background is a lot smoother and clearer than the original. The movements of the characters including the enemy creatures are more fluid and graceful. Overall, the graphics continue to retain this games charming appeal.


Difficulty Level

As with most Mario games, you can take on this for six hours straight and finish it right away. It is a fairly easy game that requires little strategy and less frustration. However, the game still retains that factor and level of addictiveness. And with the new version’s gameplay, where hidden items are scattered throughout the worlds, New Super Mario Bros has become a lot more engaging. You can spend more than six hours just doing a side trip and finding these hidden items.

Audio

Many of the sounds effects from the classic game are incorporated in New Super Mario Bros that it actually adds to the nostalgia. The background music, however, has been altered and it does not provide the same catchy feel compared to the music used in the classic game. But this is not entirely a terrible thing and one can get used to it.

Overall, this is undeniably an amazing game for the Nintendo DS platform that players of the past generation and the current generation will enjoy. NSMB has once again proven that Mario is indeed the king of adventure video gaming.
Keywords: New Super Mario Bros Nintendo DS Mushroom land
Sound & Graphics Excellent
Entertainment Value Very Good
Approx. Retail Price
Genre (e.g. Action, Adventure) Action
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  1. 1/12/2006 8:56am
    1. Mysteic
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      Would you recommend the product? No     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 2
      Pros: Portable
      Cons: Same old bull. Nintendo has not then innovativation in titles.
      Done to death. I am sick of Mario. Considering all the exercise he gets in the games he is in, then he should be thinner than he is.
         
  1. 10/8/2007 3:57am
    1. tsurara
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: wonderful graphics, solid retro gameplay, amazing array of multiplayer minigames over wi-fi
      Cons: a bit short and on the easy side
      An incredibly solid return to Mario's roots. It's certainly not original, but this Mario isn't about originality: he's about updating the oldschool Mario I played growing up. While the game is a bit on the short side, the minigames available for play solo or wi-fi make the replay value of this title skyhigh. I can't recommend it enough.

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